God opens the door and lets us in

I would like to start with a verse read just minutes ago from Romans “In one way or another God makes sure that we all experience what it means to be outside, so that He can personally open the door and welcome us back in.” Historically this inside/outside stuff refers to God’s acceptance of the […]

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Is God to blame?

If God is good, why? Why do young people die, earthquakes devastate, poverty shatter? Why does God allow it? Why doesn’t He do something about it? The darkest nights of our souls are when we’re wrestling with the mysteries of suffering, pain, and God’s Sovereignty. For Mack, his worst fear came true. When he needed […]

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Reforming the church in crisis

Our times are much like the first century church, and also like the time of Martin Luther — a time of great crisis for the church. As pastors, we are now being invited, encouraged, to go to “Change or Die” conferences. This week’s theme in our celebration of 500 years of the Reformation is “Other […]

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The format this Sunday was a group Bible study. Pastors Deb and Steve taught, asked questions, and the congregation shared, first in small groups and then altogether. Questions in red are the discussion topics for the congregation. Scripture text is in blue. Here is an outline for July 9, 2017. Jesus’ condemnation upon unrepentant cities and his […]

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Where is God when we suffer?

Where is God when we suffer? In the movie “The Shack,” the main character is in great pain at the murder of his little daughter. He receives a letter inviting him to come back to the place where she was killed. There he met three very unusual people — an older, black women playing God […]

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Ascension Sunday. 40 days after the resurrection. From the Creed, “And he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God.” It’s the day the present Lord became absent. And we were left behind. Maybe that’s why it’s the most forgotten feast day in the church year. Who wants to celebrate being […]

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Faith journey when it’s really hard

As a Christian, I firmly believe that God is here for his children, namely, you and me. This morning I’ve been asked to focus on my faith journey. My remarks this morning relate more to the reading you heard earlier. The question in 1 Peter 3:14 pertains, “Who will harm you if you are eager […]

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